Crepis capillaris (L.) Wallr.

Smooth Hawksbeard

Erst. Beitr. Fl. Hercyn. 287 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual or biennial, to c. 120 cm high, sometimes shortly rhizomatous or stoloniferous; young stems with fine pale crinkled hairs (absent from older growth), often also with spreading gland-tipped hairs to c. 0.5 mm long. Rosette and lower cauline leaves petiolate, c. oblanceolate, dentate to pinnatifid, mostly 5–20 cm long and 1–3 cm wide, glabrous or with scattered simple hairs near midrib; upper cauline leaves sessile, c. auriculate, entire or with a few basal teeth. Capitula c. campanulate, erect in bud; bracts on outer surface with sparse to dense cobwebby hairs and erect glandular hairs, glabrous on inner surface; outer bracts linear; inner bracts linear to lanceolate, 5–8 mm long; ligules to c. 9 mm long; receptacle glabrous. Cypselas 1.5–2.5 mm long, not beaked, smooth to scabrous; pappus bristles in 2 rows. Flowers Nov.–May.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HFE, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Common and widespread through cooler, relatively high-rainfall parts of the State, usually on disturbed ground.

Naturalized all States except NT, also New Zealand

Native to Europe

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Crepis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Crepis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Crepis capillaris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crepis capillaris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Far East present introduced
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory